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|Thursday, 10 May 2007 19:00|
CURRENT TV chooses to join those who would hose our blood from their sidewalk with a snicker
“Ahh”, I say to myself. Among the interesting tidbits about neighborhoods changing in Miami and, sniff, I can't remember what else (I did say I was looking for innocuous) the host appears with a piece on Christine Daniels' coming out.
"Oooo, I get to fall asleep with a smile too!" But no.
It started out fine, with the intro showcasing the LA Times' outstanding corporate and reader support for our sister. Always positive and hoping for the best I chose to ignore that the host, rather than saying `penis' and `vagina', used whistling noises in place of those words and referred to Ms. Daniels in the masculine.
The host proceeded to guide viewers through a list of reader's notes of encouragement and support. (YES!)
Then came the ole, `yeah but, snicker, snicker' when he pointed out that the Times reported having to withhold approximately 10% of negative reader feedback due to, "…over the top offensiveness."
I was still thinking how great the exposure was when the host said they'd be going out to the streets of California to ask people on the street what they thought.
Cut to a fairly obvious person representing a transgender woman, dressed in mini skirt and ill fitting wig, then another with a very deep voice and one or two more. No comment as to who these women are. No attempt to understand their stories. Just that old standby using transgender people as some sort of inside joke.
Instead CURRENT TV chooses to join those who would hose our blood from their sidewalk with a snicker.
And this coming to my TV the day after the US Congress finally recognizes us as real people.
Frannie O'Grady is a citizen and human rights advocate in Maryland, USA. Her column appears here on an irregular, but welcome basis.
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